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NP Approved The-Hunting-Ground

About two-thirds into director Kirby Dick’s (This Film is Not Yet Rated) latest documentary, The Hunting Ground, an alarming, but no less timely or essential, examination of the rape crisis on university campuses in the United States, one of the interviewees describes the personal arc undergone by several women Kirby features …

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Preston Sturges was one of the great talents to emerge in the 1940s. One of the first writer/directors in the Hollywood studio system, he made a string of great films over the course of about four years starting with his debut The Great McGinty in 1940, The Lady Eve and perhaps his masterpiece Sullivan’s Travels in 1941, The Palm Beach Story in 1942 …

Film Festival Double Indemnity

Words like ‘masterpiece’ and ‘brilliant’ are often thrown around nowadays, being applied to things that are not either but due to a generational misunderstanding of intensifiers, we now ‘epic’ to describe everything from something appropriately grandiose to a sandwich. So when I say that the film noir classic Double Indemnity is Billy Wilder’s first directorial …

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It’s impossible to dislike Vince Vaughn. Even when the material he’s been given is mundanely lifeless and painfully beneath him, he gives it his all. He’s just fun to watch. Even in cinematic disasters like The Dilemma or The Internship, Vaughn projects this zany, fast-talking, profane personality that is immediately hilarious and believable. It’s the …

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Regarded as one of the pillars of Iranian cinema, Kamran Shirdel’s The Night it Rained is a film that illustrates the tenuous nature of truth as we explore an event as it is presented to us by government officials, members of the press, villagers, and railroad workers that offer diametrically opposed accounts of what really happened on one fateful rainy night …

Reviews Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Why would anyone want to rob a bank? What is it that drives someone to point of desperation to commit a crime when statistics tell them that it almost never ends well? If history has taught us anything, it is that it is cyclical. People keep making the same mistakes over and over. But why do they make them?

Reviews Millennium Mambo Review

Vicky (Qi Shu), the twenty-something at the center of Hou Hsaio-Hsien’s Millennium Mambo, is stuck in a rut. Long after dropping out of high school, and far from any reasonable, sustainable lifestyle (which would hypothetically include gainful employment, and hypothetically not filled with hard drugs and a controlling, abusive boyfriend), Vicky …

Reviews Focus-Movie

Focus is an intriguing little mixed bag of heavy style and breezy romantic comedy, delivered by a writer-director team that is swiftly becoming the go-to duo for such oddball combos. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa fashion themselves as specialists of two-tone filmmaking. Look no further than their early credits as a writing team, where they …

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Jack O’Connell is almost three months older than I am, but he’s already been in an international box office hit (300:Rise of an Empire) and starred in an Angelina Jolie- directed film that landed two Oscar nominations (Unbroken). In addition to that, O’Connell was the talk of the independent film world, first with David Mackenzie’s …

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